Mack, Marvin - U.S. Army

King Cove, Alaska

Marvin Mack, Sgt., is the son of Paul and Fannie (Ferguson) Mack.  He attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School, at Sitka, Alaska.  Marvin married Lorelei Judrus. 

He was drafted into the U.S. Army near the end of 1965.  He did boot camp at Ft. Hood Army Base, Texas, and received futher training at Ft Lewis, Washington.  Marvin did a tour in Vietnam with 1st Platoon C Company, 4th Infantry Division.  Marvin was released from service in 1966, but was reserve active until his discharge in 1970, a total of five years.

A story in the Anchorage Daily News, Friday, 8 Dec 1967, tells of his heroism when leading his infantry rife squad into battle in Vietnam.  

The photo on the right of Mack and his good friend Harris is captioned: Two GIs of the U.S. 4th Infantry display the enemy’s new B-50 rocket on the left and the old B-40 (right) near Duc Co, South Vietnam.  

Military medals earned: Bronze Star with “V” device (awarded for his skillful organization of his men while leading them into battle through extreme hazzardous condition without a single casualty, Vietnam, 23 Jul 1967), Two Purple Hearts (wounds recieved in battle), Silver Star (for heroism in ground combat).

After his release from service Marvin became an air traffic controller, he worked as an air controller for Reeve Aleutian Airways in Cold Bay, AK, also in Tuledo, WA, and Anchorage Center, AK.  He received a private pilot license and flew his own aircraft.  In 1979 he worked on the Alaska Pipeline in Valdez.  Moving home to King Cove he worked as a commercial salmon fisherman, he also fished King crab in the Bering Sea, and for a number of years he managed the Fleets Inn, a hotel, restaurant, and bar owned by the King Cove Corporation.  

Marvin was one of the first members on the newly formed Aleutians East Borough Assembly.  He retired from membership after 24 years of service.  

Status: retired, Going Strong

Photo courtesy:  Marvin Mack

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